What to Expect
CLASSROOMS AND CLOTHING
Classes meet all over camp. Students and teachers should come to class dressed appropriately
for the weather. We will be outside even in cold, wet weather! On average, students spend 75% of
their class time outside.
DINING HALL AND MEALS
There are two horns announcing a meal! The first horn (5 minute warning) calls everyone to the
Dining Hall where they gather on the surrounding porches. Teachers and chaperones enter upon arrival
after hearing the first horn, and select a table. Do not bring students to the Dining Hall before the
first horn! The second horn allows everyone to enter at once and sit down. There are always
programs/announcements/music from the stage, before the assigned individuals go for the food.
NorthBay takes time with meals to make them really fun, full of surprises, relationship oriented,
nutritious, and tasty. Meals are served family style, and each table will have one student/adult per meal,
who will go to the kitchen to pick up the food. One individual/table will buss the table during clean up,
after all have stacked and cleaned the plates and other items. Chaperones and teachers should spread out
and eat meals with the students, guide conversations to process their experience, and supervise the food
service and clean up. Students are not required to eat every food item...in order to prevent waste, please
do not take food you will not eat. Adults closest to spills are requested to go to the kitchen and ask for
appropriate clean up materials. If someone in your group has dietary needs due to a health condition or
allergy, please bring it to NB's attention.
Visiting teachers are integral to the NB program. Every teacher will be attached to a NorthBay class
and may co-teach or support (even at the Ropes Course). We encourage your active participation in the
class and with supervision and discipline. We also encourage your participation in the evening program
which typically lasts for 75-90 minutes each night. This time focuses on character education and its
integration with daily classes. Free time for kids in the late afternoon and in the evening after the
program is at your discretion though it is a good time for interaction with your kids, and allows you to
participate in some of the very cool options offered by NorthBay in climbing walls, zip lines, swimming,
and boating, as well as both NorthBay stores.
If a school has not provided enough cabin leaders, or chaperones leave camp for any approved reason,
then we will ask visiting teachers to step into the breach and function in those supervisory roles at
night and during free time.
NorthBay also observes a "two person rule", whereby no adult is ever alone with a child. Students
must be under adult supervision at all times while at NorthBay. No corporal or physical punishment is
permitted while at NorthBay. No swearing, derogatory or obscene language will be tolerated, especially
toward our student guests.
All visitors not arriving with a scheduled group must register at the Bowers Center office, and wear
the weekly wrist band. If you observe anyone on campus without this wristband, please notify NorthBay
Summary: Your have a role in classes, meals, and the evening program, with an opportunity to enjoy
free time along with your students.